Turnbull starts, but forgotten Celtic man Jack Hendry grabs the headlines for Scotland
Well, that was quite the night for fans of both Celtic and Scotland.
A whopping 5 of Scotland’s 6 Celtic selections made starts, with Greg Taylor on the bench. And the impact and understanding between the Bhoys paid immediate dividends for Scotland. Of all players, it was Jack Hendry who opened the scoring against Holland.
Yep, Jack Hendry. The centre-back was there to finish after some poor passing from Holland opened up space. His low, driven shot would’ve made any striker proud, and of course, questions arose about whether Celtic could still hold on to him.
From a defensive point of view, the very Celtic-led defence of Tierney, Hendry and Cooper kept the Dutch down to just one shot on target in the first half. Unfortunately, it was a goal. And a good one, too, with Moussa Dembele’s Lyon teammate Memphis Depay scoring smartly from a volley.
But overall, the first half was an impressive one. From Turnbull’s perspective, he showed great promise. Happy to either move the ball on or carry it and garner touches, the Celtic midfielder looked more than comfortable at international level. A particular first half highlight for Turnbull was a cross-field pass to Andy Robertson with the outside of his boot.
For both sides, this was a game without too much rhythm. While Celtic midfielders dominated the team-sheet, it was heard to get a great deal going creatively. A succession of fouls from both teams marred any fluidity, largely due to players finding some much-needed sharpness ahead of the Euros.
When a second goal came, it arrived via a reported Celtic target. A soft foul call, though, allowed Memphis Depay to score a scorcher of a free-kick from range just before 90 minutes. Ah, what might’ve been, but it was still plenty positive for Scotland and Celtic fans alike.
“Very impressive”; Scotland fans like what they see from Turnbull
Scotland fans and neutrals had their say on Turnbull:
i am genuinely in love with david turnbull
— Maffew🇵🇸 (@MatthewEhMiller) June 2, 2021
Good first half. Turnbull, Hendry and Tierney have all been impressive. Keep it up, lads
— 𝙇𝙤𝙜𝙖𝙣 (@LoganLFC_) June 2, 2021
Some of the passes David Turnbull has been spraying about have a been a joy to see. Not phased at all by the opposition, class act.
— Jim Robson (@jimrob72) June 2, 2021
David Turnbull ran the show there.
— Ross Garvin (@rossgarvin) June 2, 2021
Turnbull is very impressive for Scotland 🏴⚽️ !!! #NEDSCO
— Balu Mahendra (@balumahendra_v) June 2, 2021
Turnbull has grown into the game, he’s lost their lad at the goal but overall he’s played well and got composure in that midfield 🍻
— Scotland Fan (@SPFL_Fitba_Fan) June 2, 2021
Turnbull absolutely strolling it, can play anywhere that boy
— Seán Markus Clifford (@seanmarkus_67) June 2, 2021
I would love to know what Christie and Turnbull were talking about there 😂
— David Buick (@DBuick22) June 2, 2021
Great wee ball in that. Like Turnbull in there. A lot of quality.
— willie g (@williegemmell) June 2, 2021